Elder Merrill's Current Address

Elder Merrill's Current Address

Elder Nathaniel Merrill
Philippines Baguio Mission
PO Box 7 (po box for letters only)
Brgy: San Vicente East
Urdaneta City, Pangasinan 2428

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Transfer to Sta. Maria

   After only 9 weeks in Mapandan, I got transferred.  Kind of surprising but I got moved last Friday.  I am following up training again in Sta. Maria(that's is Santa not sta, but Sta. Maria is the real spelling), my companion is Elder Mortel from the philippines.   I took pictures but I left my camera at the apartment so I can't send them right now.  I am going more than one year now with only Filipino companions and I am going to go one year that every companion of mine is in their 1st area.  
       It is kind of a weird arrangement here, there is a ward and a group.  There are 4 Elders assigned to Sta. Maria ward, and then 2 of us are also assigned to Pataquid group.  So our area is a ward and a group, but there is another companionship to help us in the ward.   I gave a testimony in the Sta. Maria ward, and then in the Pataquid group I gave the opening prayer for sunday school, taught the lesson for priesthood, and gave a talk in Sacrament meeting.  In the group we had Sacrament meeting outside under a tree, the group leader is so cool.  The teaching we heard in the group was amazing.  My companion and I basically function as the councilors for the group leader but it is fun.
         I've already had a good time here in Sta. Maria with my companion.  On the first day we went teaching and found ourselves at the house of an old man.  I was a step behind my companion coming to the door and I didn't hear what the old man said, it turned out he said he was ready to be done being taught by the missionaries.  Well I, not hearing that, stepped up and asked if we could come inside and share a message with him.  We got in the house and started our lesson, I didn't know the situation but I felt inspired to change our lesson and share about charity in Moroni 7.  We shared a few scriptures in Moroni and talked to him about charity for a few minutes.  It was a great lesson and when we finished my companion said that my scripture was the perfect choice, he was surprised because I hadn't heard what the man said when we got to the door.  It's the Spirit.  To top  it off, the man came to church on Sunday.  That is what I like to see.  All in all it has been a good week.  It seems like forever ago I was in Mapandan but it was in reality only a few days ago.  Even though it was a surprising transfer I like my new area.


  1. God Bless for your new journey and Keep the good work.


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  2. Hello, My name is Michelle Christensen. Our son, Elder Brian Christensen, is serving in the Baguio Mission. He is getting released in July 2015.

    My husband and I are going to travel to the Philippines to pick him up.

    Would you happen to have any travel information that you could share with us?
    We would love some advice on how to travel from Manila to San Fernando as well as places to stay.

    Could you please email me back. My address is michelle.mdc@gmail.com.

    Thank you,
    Michelle Christensen